Paying Homage to Japanese Designer Goro Takahashi of goro's

The Japanese fashion scene mourns the loss of Goro Takahashi, the legendary leather and silver

33,394 Hypes 0 Comments

The Japanese fashion scene mourns the loss of Goro Takahashi, the legendary leather and silver craftsman who brought Native American jewelry to the Japanese accessory world and an icon in that regard. He passed away on November 25 and his funeral was held on December 9, leaving the fate of his business and craft to his children.

His designs, inspired by years of living with the Sioux (who aptly named him “Yellow Eagle”), eventually earned him a loyal following among fans as the Harajuku boom began and well after up until his death. goro’s, his atelier and the only place where his goods could be purchased was famed for the long lines it produced and the commitment of those waiting; it only stocked what he had made for the day and prospective buyers, limited to 5 at a time, would have to bank on his daily offerings catching their fancy. And even then, staff would still have a final say on a sale depending on if the piece’s personality matched with the buyer.

Takahashi’s journey began in high school when he was taught leather carving by U.S. troops in Occupied Japan. After that, he was self-taught until he opened his first shop in Aoyama when he was 27. He then made his way across to the States where he learned silver engraving from Native Americans. As the story goes, it was a Sioux medicine man who gave him the name “Yellow Eagle,” perhaps the first Japanese person to receive an Indian name.

Upon returning in 1966, he moved his Aoyama shop over to Harajuku where his Native American-inspired designs established his name in the silver accessories industry. They became popular with many of Japan’s stars including rock band SMAP’s Kimura Takuya. So renowned is his craftsmanship that his works appreciate in value over time and admirers regard them as art and collectors as an investment. While not many will recognize his name outside those truly involved in the Japanese fashion and street scenes, his legacy and respect is unanimous among his fellow peers across Japan.

Though he will certainly be missed by those who respected both the man and his craft, his words about the enduring nature of his trademark medium couldn’t ring truer:

“A silver work could last and existed over thousands years, I am very proud to have my work stay in the world even if I had passed away.”

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

101 Users Online

What to Read Next

Givenchy Black Bambi Print Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Givenchy Black Bambi Print Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Previously seen on its accessories, Givenchy is back with its Bambi-inspired motif that adorns a

Watch ScHoolboy Q On 'The Pete Holmes Show'

Watch ScHoolboy Q On 'The Pete Holmes Show'

With his upcoming album, OxyMoron, soon to hit shelves, ScHoolboy Q made a visit with comedian Pete

Outlier 4x4 Merino Scarf

Outlier 4x4 Merino Scarf

Outlier outfits us for winter with this warm 4×4 scarf crafted out of its trademark Merino wool. As

Silas 2013 Holiday Collection

Silas 2013 Holiday Collection

Silas presents its Holiday 2013 collection of apparel and accessories. Featuring many

Common People 2014 Spring/Summer Lookbook

Common People 2014 Spring/Summer Lookbook

Influenced by outdoor wear from the ’70s and its Celtic heritage, Common People presents its 2014

Jack White - We’re Going To Be Friends (Live)

Jack White - We’re Going To Be Friends (Live)

To coincide with the new Coen rothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which details the 1960s folk

More ▾
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.


Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.


  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.


  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.


  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.